Over time, it is very common for concrete driveways and sidewalks to obtain cracks. These cracks become a great place for weeds and grass to pop up in. While it doesn’t seem like driveways or sidewalks would be great breeding grounds for things to pop up, they actually are. Underneath these foundations there is soil and trapped moisture. Think of how often you water your lawn or wash your car outside. The excess runoff finds its way into these cracks and crevices and creates the perfect environment for sporadic weeds and grass. The moisture under driveways and sidewalks lasts longer because it is shielded from the sun. A big breeze blows a grass seed across the driveway and it finds its way in a crack. Pretty soon you'll have unwanted weeds and grass sprouting from the cracks.
While it can be very difficult to control these weeds and grasses, there are a few remedies that others have found helpful. These solutions have been found to kill the weeds and grasses. Boiling water kills many weeds and grass that is found in cracks. It doesn’t kill them instantly, but after a few times, they’ll go away. If you add some salt to the boiling water, you have a better chance of the weeds dying. You can also create a mixture with salt and vinegar to spray. This mixture contains 1 cup of salt and 1 gallon of pickling vinegar. To make the mixture even more powerful you can add 1 cup of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of dish soap. Another solution that can be used is Horticultural vinegar mixed with orange oil and dish soap, but this type of vinegar is hard to find in stores and very acidic! It could cause burns if any gets on you, so this method is a little more intense and should be applied with caution. Last but not least, you could always seal the cracks in your sidewalks and driveways. Clean out the cracks and then fill them with mortar. This takes care of the chance of any more seeds falling into the cracks to sprout.
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By: Hannah Raines
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